In order to be eligible for issuance of a CDL, each applicant must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age. Applicants who are between 18-20 years of age and otherwise satisfy all other requirements for issuance of a commercial driver's license may be issued a commercial driver’s license valid for intrastate use only and bearing an "Intrastate Commerce" restriction.
  2. Pass the road skills test which is comprised of the pre-trip inspection, basic skills maneuvers, and road test:
    1. pass all driving skills tests in a vehicle representative of the class applied for, or at the discretion of the Department, the driving skills test may be waived for military personnel only, who provide a completed application signed by their commanding officer documenting their driving experience and meeting all requirements which include passing all required knowledge test(s) set forth in that application.
  3. Can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquires, and to make entries on reports and records.
  4. Comply with the minimum federal standards for physical qualifications for drivers as set forth in 49 C.F.R. §391.41.

Authority: O.C.G.A. §§ 40-5-156, 40-6-15, 49 C.F.R 391.41, and 49 C.F.R. 391.11
Effective Date: 2/8/2017